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EPA delays carbon rules for power plants

The Obama administration is delaying rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants and will write a separate implementation plan for states that have threatened to refuse to submit their own. The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it needs time to deal with overlapping issues raised in comments on the proposal to deal with new plants — for which ...

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Fitzgerald touts Pittsburgh’s development, cleaner air, economy

Renewable energy

During a spring visit to Pittsburgh, government, business, education and nonprofit leaders from Portland, Ore., did what people from Portland do. They rented bikes, hired a guide and toured miles of bike paths. “We’re a city of bridges, too, and we just felt at home,” said Randy Miller, the Greater Portland Inc. board member who organized the May visit. “We ...

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Producers shrugging off New York fracking ban

Even if the Cuomo administration had allowed fracking in New York State, it’s uncertain that oil and gas companies would have blitzed the borders, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sam Kusic reports that Jim Tramuto, vice president of governmental and regulatory strategies for Southwestern Energy Co., said operators prefer to be in states that are welcoming and where the ...

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Dispute pits small community against large gas driller

MARION CENTER — A local aquatic ecosystem that supports a host of creatures and is linked to water supplies for hundreds of its neighbors will soon have its day in court. Residents says the Little Mahoning Creek watershed in Indiana County is threatened by frackwater injection activity in the area, while a public interest law firm seeks to represent the ...

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Prices drop, but solar system sales fall as aid expires

The cost is lower, but fewer Western Pennsylvanians are installing solar systems as government aid begins to slow. In Allegheny County last year, 62 solar systems were installed on homes and businesses, compared with 10 this year, according to the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association. It’s the first year that Pennsylvania residents cannot double-dip by tapping a $100 million state ...

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Natural gas industry rains cash for state lawmakers’ campaigns, lobbying efforts

Compressed Natural Gas

The natural gas industry spent nearly $50 million on campaign contributions and lobbying in Pennsylvania since 2007, giving it unwarranted influence over lawmakers, according to two advocacy groups that have been criticized for their opposition to gas drilling. The groups’ report claims the industry contributed $8 million to candidates and spent $41 million on lobbying between 2007 and June of ...

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Shell Chemical to acquire Beaver County land

On Friday Gov. Tom Corbett announced that Shell Chemical LP is exercising its land option with the Horsehead Corporation to acquire new acreage in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, reports the Pennsylvania Business Daily. Shell is currently in the process of analyzing the land for a possible multi-billion dollar drilling project. Although the acquisition of the land is moving the company forward, ...

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State, federal elections mean different things for energy industry

On paper, the balance of power in Washington and Harrisburg look quite similar. Republicans control both chambers of the legislature in both capitals, while Democrats control the executive branch. In reality, the situations couldn’t be more different. Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will enter office in January on the heels of a 10-point election win over incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, meaning ...

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Nuclear plant fees to fund safety protections are set to increase

Fees that nuclear power plant owners pay to the state’s environmental and emergency management agencies for public safety protections will increase by $175,000 a year under a bill signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett. Beginning in July, the state’s five nuclear plant sites will each pay $650,000 a year to the Department of Environmental Protection, up from $550,000, and ...

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